There’s No Shame in the Senior Discounts Game

You can remove the girl out of the flirt, but not the flirt out of the woman. Thus, when an extremely attractive gentleman hovered near the department store counter and the sister ringing up my purchase announced all loud that there was a 15 percent discount for senior citizens, I demurred. I was buying a $25 lipstick and wasn’t about to blow my cover with cutie pie for a discount of less than five bucks. After a bunch of winking and …

Cheap Travel Fixes for Winter Doldrums

Groundhog Day has come and gone. Winter’s still here. You’re paying holiday bills. Here are a few inexpensive ideas to keep you going until spring. Host a travel movie night The best way to save money is to stay home. How do you indulge your wanderlust from your living room? Rent a movie that transports you somewhere else. Invite a few friends and enjoy dinner and wine inspired by the movie’s locale. Here are some of my favorites. Research your …

Reasons to Think Small for Holiday Shopping

You’ve gotten countless flyers in the mail for “Black Friday.” But there’s another great way to score shopping deals and do good at the same time: Support local merchants and patronize stores and restaurants in your area on Small Business Saturday, November 24. In addition to finding unique gifts, you’re far more likely to get individual attention from people who know their merchandise inside and out and who want to earn customers for life. Small business owners also tend to …

Tax Day Freebies, Deals Near You

If you hate Tax Day, here’s something to make it a little easier to swallow: free food.  A variety of retailers and chains are easing the pain on Tuesday, April 17 — this year’s Tax Day — by offering freebies and discounts at shops around the nation. Some of the deals you can find on April 17 include: Free curly fries with a coupon at Arby’s. A free scoop of yogurt from 4-7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s.   A free coffee sample (enough to brew a …

Cross “Dream Vacation” Off the Bucket List in 2012

It seems likely that 2012 will provide travelers their last window of opportunity to take advantage of recession pricing as the US economy seems like it might be gasping for new life. According to a recent report in the Federal Reserve Beige Book, “reports from most Districts pointed to solid gains or high levels of travel and tourist activity, with pickups evident in both the business and leisure segments. Tourism activity was reported to be above the levels from twelve …

The Good and Bad of Veterans Day: Freebies, Discounts and Fraud

Perhaps you’re a veteran yourself. Maybe you have a family member, close friend, neighbor, or loved one who has served-or who is currently serving. Although veterans deserve our support every day of the year, it’s a great time to highlight the ways businesses and organizations everywhere are honoring veterans. Unfortunately it’s also a time when those who deserve our utmost respect may fall victim to crooks and scammers. But we’ll focus on the good stuff first.